Are you impressed by layered desserts, especially those that are ripe with color and unique textures? The trifle is a layered dessert from England that typically contains sponge cake and custard, but the truth is that a trifle can contain a variety of delectable ingredients. If you are trying to make an impressive dish for your next dinner party, the trifle is a great option.
It’s sure to impress, but you’ll be surprised to find exactly how little work these recipes can be.
1. Chocolate & Strawberry Make This Trifle Divine
Many people prefer to begin with a traditional trifle, and this recipe delivers. While this trifle looks complex enough to impress everybody at the table, you will deliver this dish without learning any specialized skills. The ingredients are simple too, requiring whipping cream, powdered sugar, milk, cake mix, strawberries, gelatin, and pudding mix.
The mix of chocolate and fruit makes this dish perfect for any occasion.
2. Use English Traditions for a Classic Dessert
This classic dish is the kind of dish that you’ll feel nostalgic for later. This traditional English trifle is worth making at home, thanks to layers of custard, cake soaked in sherry, whipped cream, and jam. You can make adjustments to adapt this recipe to your taste, but you’ll love how much this recipe clings to the tradition of trifle.
The hardest part of making this dessert will be making the boxed cake mix!
3. A Festive Trifle in Red, White & Blue
Are you looking for a summer trifle? This red, white, and blue trifle is layered with pound cake, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. You can certainly use frozen berries, but you’ll fare better with fresh berries.
You can choose to pair the fruits with pound cake or angel food cake based on what kind of texture you want for your trifle. You’ll want to snap plenty of pictures of this trifle before you dig in.
4. A Surprising Thanksgiving Twist Featuring Sweet Potatoes
Are you looking for an alternative to pumpkin pie or pecan pie this autumn? This sweet potato pie trifle fills the gaps left by leaving out some of the traditional Thanksgiving pies. It combines a variety of ingredients to create layers of sweet potato pie, pecan pie, butter pecan gelato, maple whipped cream, and caramel.
You’ll love the way this trifle feels like a throwback while also bringing something new to the table–literally!
5. Turn Your Trifle into a Banana Split
While many trifles contain bananas, this recipe turns the whole trifle into a banana split. You’ll need a white cake, bananas, vanilla pudding, pineapple, and strawberries to create this sweet dish. This is the perfect summertime trifle, especially if you already have fruit and nuts on hand.
There’s no longer a need to worry about melting ice cream at the next picnic. You’ll still get that sweet banana split flavor without the mess!
6. An Orange Pound Cake Changes the Game
Ina Garten takes the cake with this recipe. She replaces the typical white cake in a trifle with an orange pound cake. Instead of whipped cream, you’ll use an orange cream that is sweet and a little bit tart.
Raspberries pair with orange to create a medley of flavors you won’t want to put down. This combination of flavors is perfect for a summer event, including a tea party or family barbecue. It’s fresh and feels totally indulgent.
7. A Cheesecake Trifle Goes the Extra Mile
If you love cheesecake, this trifle is for you. This key lime cheesecake trifle pairs graham cracker crust and pound cake with the traditional cheesecake filling, complete with key limes. The ingredients are simple but tasty, creating a quick dessert that is layered perfectly to suit any palate.
It’s also a great option if you want to serve a dessert that is super rich with fruit textures. The consistency of this trifle is simple but still totally delish.
8. A Lemon & Blueberry Surprise
If you prefer the tart trifles to the very sweet ones, you’ll love this lemon and blueberry trifle. It’s a great spring tea party treat, but the citrus gives summer vibes too. You’ll need a lemon cake, which takes less than 30 minutes to assemble, and a few other ingredients.
You’ll pair this lemon cake with blueberries to evoke that fresh flavor profile. It’s the perfect treat to enjoy outside while also getting a serving of fresh fruit.
9. Light & Airy Makes for a Great Nutella Mousse Trifle
While many of the recipes on this list are casual, this Nutella mousse trifle is more suitable for an elegant event or dinner party. This trifle contains layers of chocolate cake layered between an airy mousse made with Nutella. You’ll love how quick this dish comes together, especially when you use a cake or brownie mix that gives you a fresh cake in less than an hour.
Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own mousse, which has a light texture you can make in advance.
10. Pump Up the Bananas
If you love bananas, this trifle will really pump up the banana flavor you might find in a traditional trifle. You’ll love the banana pudding paired with vanilla, which really accentuates the sweetness of the fruit. Fresh bananas will also create a lovely texture alongside the crispy wafer cookies and layers of pudding.
There’s a reason this dish is such a popular favorite in the southern states. It’s the perfect respite on a hot, humid day!
11. A Rainbow Trifle for Any Occasion
Are you a baker who wants to impress your guests with a recipe that looks deceptively intricate? A rainbow cake trifle helps you get there. This recipe, which offers step-by-step photos, helps you display your trifle in the most impressive way possible.
You’ll turn a white chocolate strawberry trifle into a colorful extravaganza. The key to making this trifle is paying attention to how you cut and display the cake. Plus, the cake component is light and airy, so it will taste as delicious as it looks.
12. S’mores & Bananas? Count Me In!
Even when you aren’t camping, you can indulge in the taste of the perfect s’more. Shake things up with a banana pudding to truly establish this dish as a summer treat. Layers of graham crackers, chocolate, whipped cream, and marshmallows will make you feel like you’re enjoying a treat around a campfire.
Serve this dish outside at a picnic or at a nice dinner, and everybody will be singing your praises. Best of all? You can whip up this recipe a day ahead of time.
13. Bury Bananas in Butterscotch
Butterscotch trifles definitely don’t get the attention they deserve. This trifle comes together with a few basic ingredients, and the key is getting your pudding as smooth as possible. This will help your pudding thicken to the right level, achieving that rich butterscotch texture.
Make sure to toss your banana coins with lemon juice to help them maintain that beautiful color. Serve your dish in a trifle bowl so everybody can admire it. Best of all? You can garnish your dish with toffee, banana chips, and other beautiful adornments to spruce up its appearance.
14. A Trifle Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day
Are you trying to find the perfect trifle for a festive St. Patrick’s Day party? This green trifle is heavenly, and it looks great on display. You’ll use chocolate pudding, mint chocolate, and Oreo cookies to create this brilliant masterpiece.
Want to make sure you get the perfect flavor? Spring for the fudge pudding to create a dessert that is truly rich in flavor and texture. Best of all? Everybody is going to love the way this trifle looks.
15. Minty Delight (Plus Chocolate Brownies)
While we’re still talking about mint, why not try this peppermint brownie trifle? It’s festive and adorable with its crushed candy canes. You’ll need to make your brownies ahead of time, and you can also make a delicious peppermint cream to provide more texture.
The brownie recipe involves following the instructions on the box, which means you can whip them up with just a few ingredients. Then, you’ll need to make a cream cheese frosting to incorporate between your cake layers. You’ll make a pudding with peppermint and pink food coloring to mix with that frosting. Delicious!
16. Strawberries & Champagne, Anyone?
Are you celebrating an anniversary? What about hosting a New Year’s Eve party? If so, you want a trifle that is suitable for the occasion.
This dessert incorporates the classic ingredients, including ladyfingers and vanilla pudding, but it also incorporates new favorites, including dry champagne. You really won’t need much to achieve that champagne flavor, especially when you soak the ladyfingers and strawberries in champagne ahead. It’s totally festive and fun!
17. Ooey Gooey Goodness in a Cup
If you love your cake smothered in salted caramel and chocolate, this brownie trifle is for you. In this recipe, you will layer decadent chocolate brownies as well as a homemade caramel sauce, a caramel mousse, and chocolate sauce. You’ll use whipped cream to create a light and airy void between the flavors.
This recipe is a legitimate crowd-pleaser, and it is brilliantly paired with coffee at the end of a meal.
18. Strawberry Shortcake Perfection in a Pinch
What if I told you that you could put together a trifle in just 20 minutes? When you use a pre-cooked pound cake or angel food cake, this cake comes together quickly. You’ll just need the cake, sliced strawberries, sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.
In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a delicious dessert that is suitable for serving after dinner or at a picnic. You can’t beat a dessert that you can serve this quickly.
19. Don’t Feel Like Baking? No Problem
If you want to cook a trifle but the summer weather is preventing you from turning on your oven, you can make this easy trifle in no time. You don’t have to bake this cheesecake trifle, which is full of chocolate and strawberry deliciousness. You’ll simply use a chocolate snack cake as the base of your cake, and you’ll pair this with a creamy cheesecake.
Top those layers with a combination of strawberries, and you’ve got the Neopolitan look you’ve been working toward.
20. Pineapple Upside-Down Trifle, Anyone?
Infuse your trifle with brown sugar pineapple sauce to create a unique, mouth-watering flavor. The magic of the pineapple upside-down trifle is transformative. You’ll layer yellow cake, glazed pineapple sauce, and cream, to create a dessert that hits hard.
The ingredients are as simple, and you can put everything together using canned pineapple if you don’t want to chop fresh fruit. In fact, this makes your trifle come together quickly. Just in time for a post-dinner snack!